Having first appeared as iconic comic book character Superman in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, British actor Henry Cavill has brought the all-American hero firmly into the 21st Century while also embodying all of his core beliefs. While Man of Steel‘s quality is is unquestionably high, it was initially met with mixed reception and unfortunately this response became a bit of a recurring theme for Cavill with each Worlds of DC film he appeared in, not that it was his fault. The 35-year-old’s devotion to the character is clearly displayed on screen and he’s always brought what was asked of him by the director to each performance. That said, many fans haven’t been happy with the overall way that Supes has been portrayed in Warner Bros’ DC movie world and there has been a real push by both them and Cavill himself to get a direct Man of Steel sequel in motion to do the Last Son of Krypton the justice he deserves.
In last year’s Justice League, the character underwent a rebirth, literally, and the studio opted to take him in a more comic-accurate direction from the brooding, conflicted Clark Kent that was seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), to the chin up, hopeful hero we all know and love. Unfortunately, the change was not enough to save the team-up movie and Justice League was critically panned upon release. Since then, DC Films has been fairly quiet in general, with its first film in .. months, Aquaman, set for release in December and Shazam! in March, but has provided no word on the future of the current iteration of Superman.
As it turns out, the studio has been debating what to do with the character moving forward and has met with Cavill in the process of making its decision. According to a new report from THR, talks between the two have now broken down and Cavill will not be returning to the Worlds of DC franchise, hanging up his red cape for good. In addition, the studio has no plans for Superman for the next several years at which point it will cast a new actor in the role. Apparently, WB wants to focus its efforts on making a Supergirl movie happen, thus casting Supes himself by the wayside for now.
Interestingly, the report also mentions that Cavill was originally set to appear as the Man of Steel in Shazam! but ultimately couldn’t due to scheduling conflicts (most likely with Mission: Impossible Fallout).
Of course, you may want to take the news with a grain of salt as neither Warner Bros or Cavill have confirmed the reports are true as of yet.
Stay tuned for more on this story.